Greening and Energizing Our Region
Believe it or not, here's the simple explanation of how power gets to the third rail: Generators send alternating current along high-tension cables to substations along the various routes, where it's converted to direct current. The converted current is then fed onto the third rail through 900 miles of heavy traction power cables and 1,700 circuit breakers.
Thousands of components in our power system need to be in good working order for trains to run at their full, safe speed—making investments in power essential. If anything isn't working properly, trains operate more slowly or not at all, and your service suffers.
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Did You Know?Thanks largely to the MTA network, New York State has the lowest per-capita energy consumption in the United States.